RTÉ REGIONAL and DIVERSITY

Head of Regional, Diversity, Wildlife & Education - Ray McCarthy

Executive Producer Education & Science - Colm O' Callaghan
Executive Producer Regional, Diversity & Wildlife - Brian Paircéir

UPDATED: 06th November 2013

This has been an amazing year for our department.

In the past year the Wildlife series, 'The Secret Life Of The Shannon' [from Crossing the Line Films] took three major awards at the worlds leading international Wildlife film festival, including that for Best Overall Documentary.

The Genealogy Roadshow, from regional production company, Big Mountain Productions, has gone global and the format in on air, on P.B.S., in America.

Bio Blitz Ireland, 2013 was a successful cross platform event. This was the first time that RTÉ wildlife output went live into the primetime TV schedule. The event was based on a nationwide competition that recorded Ireland's wildlife.

Commissioning priorities:

The primary aim of this commissioning team is to enhance the RTÉ schedules with innovative and thought- provoking programming.

This is achieved through a combination full commissions [Des Bishop's Chinese Revolution, Taking Care of Business, Genealogy Roadshow, Ear To The Ground, Living The Wildlife, Class Swap], support for suitable, ambitious B.A.I. projects [The Secret Life Of The Shannon, Underwater Ireland, Building Ireland, In Good Hands, Tommy Bowe's Bodycheck], third party, co- funded series [Kevin McAleer - Our Friends In The North, What in The World] and also backing attractive Advertiser Funded projects [Dragons Den, Tracks & Trails].

This department takes on challenging campaigning subjects in the Education sphere with recent critically acclaimed series such as The Scholarship, Bullyproof and The Teens' Midwife.

We continue to develop our commissioning in Education with an upcoming series, Class Swap, which follows Transition Year students from Ireland as they exchange their schools in Limerick, Meath and Leitrim for schools in Finland, Spain and Poland.

We also commission a range of one-off documentaries that play at 9.35 on Mondays on RTÉ One.

Not afraid of being provocative, we have recently commissioned a range of documentaries based on controversial characters and topics, from Child Pageants to sex and relationships for people of disability, transplantation and the Holocaust.

This commissioning team is often the first point of contact for new production companies from across the country.

Key to the team's strategy is the identification of new ideas, the working-up of proposals with producers and, often, the funding of development. If proposals to us are more suited to the other areas, they'll be directed there.

Our programmes are scheduled in a range of evening slots and we encourage programme makers to consider from the off about where their ideas might play in the RTÉ schedule.

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The following are the Contestible slots for 2014:

Sundays at 8.30

Transmission: RTE One

Duration: 6 by 25 min

We are open to range of ideas in this area, particularly Observational series.

Series that have worked well in the past, have taken inspiration from everyday life, such as From Here To Maternity, Traffic Blues and Skippers.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
under the programme category Regional "2014 Sunday @ 20.30"

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Tuesdays at 7pm

Transmission: RTE One

Duration: 6 by 25 min

This is a core RTÉ One slot. We are looking for lightly-formatted ideas with broad appeal for family audiences.

Programmes that have worked in the past here include 'In Good Hands' and 'Tracks and Trails'.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
under the programme category Regional "Tuesday @ 19.00"

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Thursdays at 8.30

Transmission: RTE One

Duration: 6 by 25 min

We are open to new talent and formats designed to cast light on contemporary life and relationships and that are capable of attracting wide audiences to RTÉ One. Promising formats can be put into development and piloted. The recent 'Taking Care of Business' format from Cork based AV3 reflected the challenges faced by indebted Irish family firms while offering real take away information for recovery.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
under the programme category Regional "2014 Thursday @ 20.30"

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Tuesdays at 9.30pm

Transmission: RTE One

Duration: 4 by 25 min

This slot has been occupied by Cracking Crime for the last number of years and while this has worked well and delivered strong audiences, what other ideas are out there with the potential to become 'must see TV' ?. While this is a high profile slot on RTÉ One, the summer scheduling is reflected in a reduced tariff. So attractive, cost-effective proposals capable of attracting general audiences will be preferred.

We ask, in the first instance, that producers submit ideas into the eCommissioning system:
https://e-commissioning.rte.ie/SWIFT.Web/skins/rte/login.aspx
under the programme category Regional "2014 Tuesday @ 21.30"

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Please note:

The discussion of, or initial interest in, a proposal does not represent a commitment to commission by RTÉ and should not be understood as such. Commissioning decisions will reflect the quality of proposals received and the scheduling priorities operating at the time. RTÉ's financial position will also be a factor.

Any proposals previously submitted to RTÉ in categories listed here, and which were rejected on a first reading in a previous Round, should not be re-submitted and will not be reconsidered.

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